We don't know the people behind Movie2K, but they apparently like the Pirate Party and decided to point the DNS entry to us. So we decided to put up an information page about copyright, the Pirate Party, and Creative Commons on a Top 20 German web site. The tiny info page had a peak traffic of about 200 MBit/s.

We don't know how long we will be allowed to use the site, but if this lasts longer, we will probably put up some more Creative Commons content there.

Proof: http://movie2k.to/#ama (Note that by the time you are reading this, the domain may be back out of our control!)

EDIT: for clarity - we are members of the IT team of the German Pirate Party, not the people who ran movie2k all the time. We just run the notice site that can be currently seen at http://movie2k.to after whoever owns the domain redirected it to our servers. (Note that by the time you are reading this, the domain may be back out of our control!)

We do not have anything to do with the alleged successor movie4k.to, that looks quite similar to movie2k, and seems to provide the content that movie2k used to provide.

PSA: If you visit sites like movie4k or other streaming sites, make sure to keep your system secure - you never know if one of the ads on the site itself or on one of the dozens of different file hosts they use tries something nasty. Most importantly, keep your browser, flash and PDF plugin (if you use one) up-to-date using reputable sources for your updates, disable Java, and don't install stuff some pop-ups offer you on such sites. Sounds like common sense, but unfortunately isn't.

By popular request, see this comment for a short summary of what the Piratenpartei Deutschland (German Pirate Party) stands for (and also notes on the general aims of the international Pirate Party movement).

Edit: Lots of edits, I stopped tracking. It's been 3 days now, signing off. Maybe someone will check in later, but I doubt it. Remember that by the time you are reading this, the domain may (and probably will) be back out of our control!

I know I said the thing about control of the domain quite a few times, but as the replies to this post showed, some people cannot read. Sorry to the rest of you.

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504play77 karma

I often wonder why major companies spend so much money trying to shut down sites like movie2k instead of embracing new technology and putting their movies and shows on their owns sites to be viewed in higher quality with commercials. I assume it isn't as profitable but do you have any further insight?

piratesofmovie2k189 karma

when your business model is threatened a lot of companies tried to preserve it as long as possible. they pay millions and billions of dollars for political lobbying instead of fostering innovative ideas. business models like itunes or netflix show that it is possible to make money as a content delivery network, but many other companies tried to scare users away from filesharing and introduce DRM like steam or origin in order to retain their sales. that may have helped in short terms but we dont think those companies have a future.

as far as studies tell us, there is no harm or damage caused by filesharing

there is a website on copyright reforms with further information

Today’s copyright legislation is out of balance, and out of tune with the times. It has turned an entire generation of young people into criminals in the eyes of the law, in a futile attempt at stopping technological development. Yet file sharing has continued to grow exponentially. Neither propaganda, fear tactics, nor ever harsher laws have been able to stop the development.

It is impossible to enforce the ban against non-commercial file sharing without infringing on fundamental human rights. As long as there are ways for citizens to communicate in private, they will be used to share copyrighted materials. The only way to even try to limit file sharing is to remove the right to private communication. In the last decade, this is the direction that copyright enforcement legislation has moved in, under pressure from big business lobbyists who see their monopolies under threat. We need to reverse this trend to safeguard fundamental rights.

edit: formatting

alphabeetadelta10 karma

Thanks for the AMA. You answered it in one of questions, but I suppose it'd be nice to have some brief info/links (for the lazy) in your post on what you have done / aim to do as the Pirate Party in Germany. Your link is for the German webpage, do you have any info in English?

piratesofmovie2k20 karma

short version: openness (open government), copyright reform and civil rights (opposed to anti-terror legislations).

there is a translation of our program available at http://wiki.piratenpartei.de/Parteiprogramm/en - there you can find our positions in regards to other important topics. We also put up a short summary on the info page:

The section on copyright:

The German Pirate Party (Piratenpartei) does not want to abolish copyright, but we do want to give it a massive overhaul. Private (file)sharing must be legal and must not be hindered by lawsuits or DRM. Protected works must not be withheld from the public domain for 70 years after the death of the author anymore.

We also want to improve the situation for authors by strengthening their position against the RIAA/MPAA-style organizations (like the GEMA, which is responsible for blocking a significant part of Youtube videos for German viewers).

You can read more about the copyright policy of the German Pirate Party in the copyright section of our election program (in German) or the manifesto (english).

Note that while most Pirate Parties worldwide want copyright reform, the exact policy may vary. Find your local Pirate Party on Pirate Parties International - nearly every country has one.

For the more general topics, see this section:

The common aims of the international Pirate Parties are copyright reform, privacy, transparency, and public participation. Find your local Pirate Party on Pirate Parties International - nearly every country has one - and inform yourself about their aims!

Although the German Piratenpartei sticks up for the rights of Internet users, we are not just an "Internet party". We fight for privacy and civil liberties, both online and offline, be it a privacy for your e-mails or a strong right to assemble and protest. We fight for an unconditional basic income and a general minimum wage. For free access to education without open or hidden fees. For real equality. For a healthcare system for everyone. A drug policy that gives addicts the help they need instead of threathening weed smokers with prison.

This is just a small excerpt from our comprehensive Manifesto (English translation here) and the even more detailed Election Program for the federal election. (Sadly, many people appear to be unable to read even the table of contents, since there are still people claiming we don't have any ideas what to do or are "just an internet party". Think freely and inform yourself!)

alphabeetadelta4 karma

Big fan of copyright reform in general, I hope you guys have success. Would there be any way people in US could help, apart from raising the general awareness.

piratesofmovie2k11 karma

You could support your local pirate party, despite the two-party system they can certainly raise awareness. Also, spread the word, fight crappy laws and treaties like ACTA, which we all killed together. Work with us and discuss our topics and positions.

Currently we try to push the US and Europe to suppport the Treaty for the Blind of the World Intellectual Property Organization which will be voted upon this month. We push for this treaty that would allow blind or visually impaired people to ensure full enjoyment of their basic human rights, the right to knowledge, the right to reading, the right to information. The treaty would promote accessibility instead of copyright restrictions (think of e-readers).

docfreak8 karma

I hope this free advertisment will be put to good use :D

piratesofmovie2k15 karma

We hope that's what we're doing with the info page. It should educate people about the situation, and it's certainly getting a lot of hits. Some certainly from bots, but just the traffic from two ressources we originally embedded into the info page from the main site took the main site down temporarily. We'll check next week with the international Pirate Parties if the membership application rates went up.

Did you know there are Pirate Parties in about 70 countries? PPI (Pirate Parties International) has a list. If you are using reddit, there is a good chance your country is one of them. Many of these desperately need your help!

infii1236 karma

When did this happen? What was your first reaction realizing such a big site is a possible ad for your party?:)

piratesofmovie2k23 karma

It happened last friday. We were notified by torrentfreak (see this post) and indeed there was much more DNS traffic than usual on our servers (especially since they gave negative responses that did not get cached). Oh, and various cops also called us and our providers, but this time, they at least didn't take our servers again.

Since there was a massive press shitstorm (probably fired up by the content mafia PR departments) going on against the site, we laid low for a short while, then finally deployed the site today.

The result was this and then it was like this.

hellomrjones5 karma

I thought the PP were a innovative and cool alternative Party once. But then you got destroyed by all these egomaniacs. It's a real shame that you dropped Liquid Democracy from your agenda recently. Now the PP is just a shadow of revolutionary ideas once had...

piratesofmovie2k11 karma

I (can't speak for everyone) agree that it is a shame we got all those egomaniacs, but I don't think the Pirate Party is "destroyed". We simply attracted a lot of cranks, trolls and idiots who we are dealing with now. Participative democracy is sometimes a massive pain in the ass, but we are not giving it up.

Also note that what is happening on the forums and mailing lists doesn't necessarily reflect the majority of the members and what is actually happening. Since many of us refuse any kind of moderation, trolls destroyed quite a few of them, so the productive members left and mostly idiots and trolls remain.

While we decided against using Liquid Democracy (which includes delegations) for official decisions, we did decide to introduce direct online and offline participation of members (without delegations). The decision against Liquid Democracy was a decision against delegations, not against online participation.

On the other hand we continue to operate our liquid democracy tool called 'liquid feedback' as an inofficial tool.

loiblech3 karma

My main concern is to get rid of Angela Merkel. So would you recommand electing TPP anyways. And even if you make the 5% and my vote woudn't be lost (it wouldn't be lost anyways, you get money for it and it would represent an opinion), this might lead to a big coalition instead of a possible Red-Green coalition?

piratesofmovie2k19 karma

Of course we recommend voting for the Piratenpartei, if we wouldn't fully support its aims we wouldn't be spending quite a few nights keeping the IT running. If we get into the parliament, we get a lot of useful tools even if we aren't part of the government coalition. For example, we may ask questions formally which the government has to answer ("Kleine Anfrage"), making it possible to uncover corruption and stop bad laws by public shaming. Next time the government tries to get a new anti-privacy law approved with like 5% of the members of parliament present at 2 o'clock in the morning, we can show full attendance and actually reject the law - or at least request a check for Beschlussfähigkeit (a certain number of members of parliament must be present in order to pass laws), stopping the law and drawing public attention.

If you are afraid of a CDU-led coalition (e.g. the "big" black-red or a black-green coalition), take into account we are the only party to strongly oppose a coalition with the CDU (due to their anti-freedom politics) besides the Left party (Linkspartei). However, the SPD said they won't do a "big" coalition source

I_AM_INTERFACED3 karma

I don't have much to ask about movie2k, but I was interested in your party a bit (well, I'm not German) - since you are a single issue party, do you find that your voter base is made up of a collection of different ideological positions? Does one reign supreme?

For example, one would not find it unusual to see communist, socialist, liberal members, but are there also a 'hardcore' capitalist faction or people on the 'right' who are on board?

I imagine it is quite a mixed bag. Does it ever become a problem?

piratesofmovie2k12 karma

First, we are NOT a single issue party, despite constantly being portrayed as such. We have a comprehensive manifesto covering most areas of politics. We don't just fight for civil rights and an agenda for openness in governments. We also have a lot of positions in regard to e.g. social/welfare policy etc.

We even say so on the site:

we are not just an "Internet party". We fight for privacy and civil liberties, both online and offline, be it a privacy for your e-mails or a strong right to assemble and protest. We fight for an unconditional basic income and a general minimum wage. For free access to education without open or hidden fees. For real equality. For a healthcare system for everyone. A drug policy that gives addicts the help they need instead of threathening weed smokers with prison.

Some other Pirate Parties may be, find yours on Pirate Parties International.

In general, our politics can be described as "linksliberal", which literally translates to "left-liberal" but these words have different meanings in different countries. It would be the bottom-left quadrant of the political compass. It means we do support a welfare state ("socialist", as US republicans would certainly call us ;)), but we also strongly support personal liberties.

These are not as mutually exclusive as US politics may make people think - while a welfare state does limit "freedom" in the sense of making you pay taxes and preventing the rich from preying on the poor, it doesn't have anything to do with how much surveillance you have, if you have a free and uncensored internet, etc. We want to protect citizen's rights, both against corporate and government attacks, and make sure every citizen can have a decent, humane life - even if that means "limiting freedom" by making people pay taxes.

We certainly have a few members who are more on the extremist end of the spectrum, in all directions. The majority agrees with what was described here, and the problems are limited since the extremists are a pretty small minority that usually quickly lose interest once they notice they cannot take us over to push their agenda. Not that they wouldn't try, but they don't have a lot of effect. We do not tolerate right-wing extremists at all, and if someone tries to spread hate in the name of the Pirate Party, they get thrown out pretty quickly.

altarr3 karma

How do you only have 67 questions/comments?

piratesofmovie2k10 karma

We're a bit surprised, too, I guess the former operators and owners of the site would get a lot more attention. While hosting a 200 MBit/s site and being a Pirate Party is interesting, it apparently isn't that interesting.

altarr5 karma

I disagree on the interesting part. I think it should also be noted that the "champion of freedom" and "not an evil company" google should be called to the floor for refusing to index it. Your mission, right or wrong, deserves a light so that people can judge for themselves. If companies like google continue to just sweep you under the rug we will never force a real debate on the issues and we will continue to let our lives be dictated by a select few.

Google loves to pretend they are not evil, but they still do business in China despite that regimes restrictions on free and open access. If that isnt selling out for the almighty dollar (or Yuan) then I do not know what is.

Good for you guys for at least making a stand for what you believe in.

piratesofmovie2k4 karma

You are right! Privatizing the enforcement of laws should not be an option, google should not decide which sites are legal or which should be banned. Also we need to promote a free and open net so that others are able communicate freely and without interferences by their regimes. Projects like Tor or I2P help people all over the world to circumvent censorship and surveillance. This is something everyone of us can do, like running a Tor node or support similar projects.

Google itself collects massive amounts of data on everyone of us and we push for specific regulations to give users more freedom of choice about their data. Concepts like privacy by design, the right to portability (extracting and moving your account data to other plattforms) or the right to delete your data/account should go without saying.

Nichelle_alien2 karma

Is there anyway this is coming back? I heavily relied on this website for all my movies and TV show catch ups.

piratesofmovie2k6 karma

We don't know, it may come back. In the meantime, there is movie4k.

sean19972 karma

do you know how the website was taken down, and how it could just disapear from the internet?

piratesofmovie2k6 karma

we dont know if it was taken down or how it was shut down, but we expect them to be back. they still own the domains of movie2k and have the power to switch it back to their servers any time

undenk1 karma

why not promote decentralized and uncensored file-sharing? http://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=torrents

piratesofmovie2k16 karma

In Germany (which is where movie2k was most popular), torrenting non-CC movies/music will get you cease-and-desist letters from lawyers that log IPs (often not very accurately), use some of the new anti-privacy-laws to get your address, and then make millions by sending form letters demanding you pay around 1000 EUR for their "work" and compensation for "unlimited distribution of the protected work" (aka uploading).

We don't need to mention that we think these lawyers should be sitting in prison for fraud instead of sending these letters, do we?

We do support decentralized file sharing and want to legalize it. We just can't recommend it to people who will get themselves hurt. You can use some VPNs, but that requires a level of technical skill that unfortunately many people do not possess. As a sidenote, do not use TOR for downloading stuff, it isn't made for so much traffic and you will make it slow for people who really need it (e.g. in China, Turkey, ...)

Every_Damn_Day1 karma

Are there any plans to shut down movie4k.to that you know of? Not sure if this is where to ask.

piratesofmovie2k3 karma

We're not involved with movie4k (see OP for details) so we really don't have a clue. Sorry.

cystomatic1 karma

In your opinion, how can a company get it right? i.e. how can they provide a platform and environment where artists/musicians/producers actually earn money from their work and for viewers and customers to not feel "jailed" with DRM and content sharing regulations?

And second question: What is your opinion on Bitcoins?

piratesofmovie2k8 karma

After the takedown of "kino.to", one of the largest German streaming portals, some newspapers announced an income between 700,000 and 1.6 million € per year, only from the advertisements. Also, video-hosters like shockshare earn money, because users want an ad-free and fast video stream. So, there is already a working conecpt. A company could provide a platform where users could watch SD movies for free (ad-supported). For higer quality like HD and 3D you have to pay. But if the companies demand outrageous prices that are as high or even higher as the price of a physical copy of the movie, it will not work.

Netflix seems pretty successful - simply give everyone access to nearly all movies/series, not just a tiny selection, for a flat fee, in high quality, and people will use it instead of pirating.

Also, selling music as a download only really took of once two things happened: DRM was abolished so you could simply download a MP3 file, and prices were reasonable. Imagine a platform where you can buy your favorite TV series for 1 dollar per episode or 10 dollars per season in 480p or for 1,50 /15 dollars in HD or 3-5 dollars per movie, with a good choice and an easy interface. Once you buy it, you can either stream it (as in "whenever you want, forever", because you "own" a virtual copy of it) or download a DRM-free file of it. Sure people could pirate the DRM-free files. So what? People are already pirating DRM-free files, putting locks on your legitimate customer's copies isn't going to do anything except annoying your customers. Today, the only platforms that come close to such a service have names like "The Pirate Bay" or "PublicHD" various usenet providers and they don't earn the producers any money.

Today, many users switched from TV to online media for entertainment. There is a need that has long been saturated by television. Now, this need must be fulfilled online. The only difference is that you would have to pay the platform providers, instead of your local cable provider.

To your second question: Bitcoin is an interesting system, but currently there is no official, democratically legitimated opinion on it within the German Pirate Party yet.

haylay1141 karma

Is there any way you can take off the ads that say "download"? It's very confusing and tricky.

piratesofmovie2k6 karma

We are just hosting the info page available there now, not the movie catalogue that was available there and is still available on sites like movie4k, so we have nothing to do with the ads.

Personally, such ads are one of the reasons I use Adblock. If you do, please use it responsibly and add exceptions for sites you like. You may not think you will click the ads anyways, but often at least some of them will be interesting to you and you will click them, especially on reddit.

Besides that, shouldn't ads that say "download" on a site where you go to stream movies (AFAIK, downloading is almost always a premium option if it is available at all) be pretty non-confusing, since there is no reason to click such a button? (But yes, I saw "play" ads on some streaming sites too, not sure if it was the original movie2k.)

krowser1 karma

Wow I'm surprised I found this as it was happening. Is there anyone else we should notify of movie2k's current state? Is there a place to reach the owner and ask more about what's going on?

piratesofmovie2k7 karma

Unfortunately, we don't know anything about the owners of movie2k or movie4k (we don't even know if they are the same person or group, though it seems probable), but there is this twitter account that seems to belong to movie4k so you may be able to reach someone there. Regarding your first question, Torrentfreak has already been told, but if you think your local Pirate Party may be interested (perhaps to get a press release out) or it may be considered a juicy story by your local press, that could be a good idea.

buddy-bubble1 karma

Do you think you the german pirate party will still exist in 5 years?

You were big when it was still some kind of sensation a few years back but now you seem to be permanently somewhere around 2%.

I must admit that during your early days, I was thinking about joining as well, your ideas seemed fresh, looked like you could really move something. Now it seems that its all about internal fights, one stupid comment after another. I must admit that your party degraded to nothing more than another annoyance on the political carbaret. Though I also have to say that from all partys, yours is still the most trustworthy..but again, that doesnt really mean anything anymore

piratesofmovie2k7 karma

It will definitely exist, how strong and useful it will be is another question. While there was a feeling of "noone does anything" and "fuck this, only the trolls are left" even amongst the members, with a pretty productive federal congress, a great election program and a campagin ready to start, the mood is quite a bit more postive now.

I think it is quite possible to get 5% or significantly more in the Bundestagswahl, because months before the Berlin election we were expecting not to get the 5% and in the end, we ended up at 9%. The weeks before the election, when the campagin is fully running and we start getting back into the public mind, really make a lot of a difference.

Non-members have full access to our forums and mailing lists and we have exactly zero moderation on many of them. The federal level one ("Aktive") became so unbearable most active members simply abandoned it, so mostly only trolls are left over. The same happened to some of the state-level lists. Our real life meetings, especially the ones below federal level, are pretty good.

We have good candidates (Udo Vetter, for example, is one of them - if you don't know him, he runs lawblog.de and is probably one of the best-known German lawyers, bloggers and civil rights activists). We have a comprehensive manifesto and election program, which we just very successfully extended at a congress.

I don't think other parties have less of these fights, we just refuse to hide them and actually make them very public. The transparency we practice and demand from each other and the quite low tolerance for anything perceived as "bad" is also what makes it less probable that we become a corrupt bag of corporate shills like some other parties.

Voting for the Pirate Party is likely to get you candidates that do align with the core values of the party, and that's what matters most (in Germany, whoever gets elected can do whatever they want, it doesn't have to follow what the party wants them to).

Lord_Osis_B_Havior1 karma

Who do you think would win in a fight between you guys and a Somali pirate party?

piratesofmovie2k6 karma

I think I'll take the horses instead. ;-)

Interestingly, Somalia is actually one of the countries that doesn't have a political Pirate Party.

carbon-based-entity0 karma

Lo-Def streaming sucks. Which nzb crawlers can you recommend?

Seriously, that is my only question to anyone embedded deep in "the piracy scene" these days. I applaud you guys, in a way, cause everyone can use your site, and this ensures that the nerdy guys are not constantly pestered by Joe and Jane Everyone begging to get them $OVERHYPED_BLOCKBUSTER or $CRAPPY_POPMUSIC but personally I have not endured a single movie or series episode on movie2k or predecessors. I'll get back to you once I can stream 1080p with surround sound, other than that I am happily paying a nntp provider for the privilege of enjoying decent BR rips long after the micdubbed cinema camrips have been enjoyed by the stream crowd.

Am I alone with this?

piratesofmovie2k3 karma

(Note: This is the personal opinion of one of the guys doing the AMA.)

I personally refuse to pay for services that have piracy as their main business model in practice - it's just an arbitrary personal boundary. I think sharing is good, but I don't want to support sites effectively "selling" pirated copies or more or less directly profiting from them. (By the way, this is quite in line with the copyright policy of the German Pirate Party: We want to allow very free non-commercial usage, but we don't want to abolish copyright altogether.) Since I don't know any really well usable free news servers, I don't have any NZB crawler recommendations, though I am certain reddit will provide.

We didn't host the movie-directory movie2k, we only do the notice site, so I hope the actual owners read all the compliments they are getting here.

I do agree that the quality on such streaming sites is too low for my current standards (I now enjoy a good 720p rip with about 1 GB per hour, YIFY is a tad too small for me), but I know of a time where I would have considered the quality of such streams perfectly sufficient, and I know a lot of people who still see it that way and consider anything above YIFY quality a total waste of bandwidth and storage space (I did too, for quite a while). Even then, streaming sites are really cool when you just want to quickly re-watch a single scene or something like that.

I guess the bandwidth needed for hi-def streaming is just way too much to be practical. We had 25 MByte/s = 200 MBit/s just on a tiny notice site - imagine what the movie streams themselves must do to the file hosts! Peer-to-peer file sharing and proper Internet infrastructure is the way to go, and we fully support both.

vampfredthefrog0 karma

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piratesofmovie2k2 karma

Nope, sry.

_ralph_0 karma

How many hits does the page have?

Could you provide a link to the local pirate parties on the page?

5+ im Herbst!

piratesofmovie2k10 karma

  1. we get about 100 views a second (360.000 per hour)

  2. links to our local pirate parties

  3. Ja, 5+ am 15. und 22. September in Bayern, Hessen und im Bund

Brittsmac-1 karma

It would be a tragedy if they are gone forever, the library they have is outstanding. I wonder why the redirect.

piratesofmovie2k6 karma

apparently they like us - the german version of their public announcement explicitly states "ps: Wählt Piratenpartei" ('vote for the Pirate Party') -> http://www.movie4k.to/public-announcement.php

but we dont know why or for how long they will redirect this domain to us

lenut-2 karma

I love the site when will it be back there is no site like yours easy to use with great quality video.

piratesofmovie2k21 karma

As stated above, we are not the ones who ran the original site, we are just hosting the replacement after the original owners redirected it to us. We do not know the original operators. Thus, we don't know if the site will be ever back up to original.

However, we have heared that there is a site called "Movie4k" that is quite similar.

lenut-20 karma

Could provide a link to your site?

piratesofmovie2k7 karma

Uhm, http://movie2k.to? Although it is technically not "ours", it is just pointed to our servers. (If you are looking for the main web site of the German Pirate Party, that would be http://www.piratenpartei.de/)

bluescholar90-4 karma

I get so many fucking viruses from that website

piratesofmovie2k11 karma

I'm certain you aren't getting them from the one we are hosting now, but I can't speak for the streaming site it once was.

Still, if a web site is giving you viruses, you are doing it wrong. You should realize that you are visiting an "underground" web site, which will link you to a lot of different video hosts, some of which are quite shady (the non-shady ones tend not to have that many current movies). Thus, you should expect that at least some of these sites will show you ads from shady sources because they want to make money and don't have a reputation to lose, or get hacked and their sites infected.

I assume you are intelligent enough not to download any software like "flash updates", "codec packs", "players" etc. from these sites. You need to keep your software up to date by installing all updates from reliable sources. Disable Java completely in your browser, keep your browser updated, keep your PDF plugin updated (or disable it and use the built-in one), and most importantly, keep your friggin' flash plugin updated.

This is good advice and you should do it anyways, but if you decide to be careless and drive around in a car with no safety belt and spikes all over the dashboard, at least don't join a ralley with it (i.e. if you are too lazy to keep your system safe, don't go to shady sites).

This doesn't mean the web site has any right to put viruses up, and I find it really shitty they sometimes do, but it is reality, protect yourself.

Like with weed, legalizing filesharing will remove most of these unwanted side effects. Actually, given the damage botnets can cause, that's a good reason to legalize it ;-)

realmckoy265-5 karma

When will Movie2K be returning? Also what are good alternatives?

Edit: movie4k is the new site

piratesofmovie2k3 karma

answered here.

dairydave96-6 karma

I miss this site so god damn much, fuck corporate

piratesofmovie2k3 karma

We can't, we're not the original admins. As mentioned multiple times here, there is this movie4k site...

Katatonia13-6 karma

Thanks for the AMA... it seems that stream2k is down for now too (tried to watch Great Gatsby). Do you know anything about that?

piratesofmovie2k1 karma

Nope, sorry.

SHIT_ON_MY_BALLS-9 karma

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piratesofmovie2k3 karma

we expect them to be back in few days, otherwise they would have transferred the domain.

as far as we know the internet - shutting down websites was never a winnable strategy

therealjayanand-9 karma

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piratesofmovie2k6 karma

Glad you like it! We didn't host the original site, though, we are just currently hosting the replacement site after whoever hosted the original site redirected it to us (see edit).

Thank you for hosting the site. You have entertained my friends and I for a long time. Hope the site comes back.

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therealjayanand

What the fuck is the point of this AMA when all of your answers are "no sorry we aren't the original people we just have the site right now". You've provided no insight whatsoever..

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SHIT_ON_MY_BALLS

Do you guys have any idea who is attacking 1channel/letmewatchthis?

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vampfredthefrog

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Thank you for hosting the site. You have entertained my friends and I for a long time. Hope the site comes back.

therealjayanand

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What the fuck is the point of this AMA when all of your answers are "no sorry we aren't the original people we just have the site right now". You've provided no insight whatsoever..

SHIT_ON_MY_BALLS

What the fuck is the point of this AMA when all of your answers are "no sorry we aren't the original people we just have the site right now". You've provided no insight whatsoever..

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SHIT_ON_MY_BALLS

Thank you for hosting the site. You have entertained my friends and I for a long time. Hope the site comes back.

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therealjayanand

when your business model is threatened a lot of companies tried to preserve it as long as possible. they pay millions and billions of dollars for political lobbying instead of fostering innovative ideas. business models like itunes or netflix show that it is possible to make money as a content delivery network, but many other companies tried to scare users away from filesharing and introduce DRM like steam or origin in order to retain their sales. that may have helped in short terms but we dont think those companies have a future.

as far as studies tell us, there is no harm or damage caused by filesharing * European Union says filesharing helps artists

there is a website on copyright reforms with further information

Today’s copyright legislation is out of balance, and out of tune with the times. It has turned an entire generation of young people into criminals in the eyes of the law, in a futile attempt at stopping technological development. Yet file sharing has continued to grow exponentially. Neither propaganda, fear tactics, nor ever harsher laws have been able to stop the development.

It is impossible to enforce the ban against non-commercial file sharing without infringing on fundamental human rights. As long as there are ways for citizens to communicate in private, they will be used to share copyrighted materials. The only way to even try to limit file sharing is to remove the right to private communication. In the last decade, this is the direction that copyright enforcement legislation has moved in, under pressure from big business lobbyists who see their monopolies under threat. We need to reverse this trend to safeguard fundamental rights.

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when your business model is threatened a lot of companies tried to preserve it as long as possible. they pay millions and billions of dollars for political lobbying instead of fostering innovative ideas. business models like itunes or netflix show that it is possible to make money as a content delivery network, but many other companies tried to scare users away from filesharing and introduce DRM like steam or origin in order to retain their sales. that may have helped in short terms but we dont think those companies have a future.

as far as studies tell us, there is no harm or damage caused by filesharing

there is a website on copyright reforms with further information

Today’s copyright legislation is out of balance, and out of tune with the times. It has turned an entire generation of young people into criminals in the eyes of the law, in a futile attempt at stopping technological development. Yet file sharing has continued to grow exponentially. Neither propaganda, fear tactics, nor ever harsher laws have been able to stop the development.

It is impossible to enforce the ban against non-commercial file sharing without infringing on fundamental human rights. As long as there are ways for citizens to communicate in private, they will be used to share copyrighted materials. The only way to even try to limit file sharing is to remove the right to private communication. In the last decade, this is the direction that copyright enforcement legislation has moved in, under pressure from big business lobbyists who see their monopolies under threat. We need to reverse this trend to safeguard fundamental rights.

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